MAN ON HUNGER STRIKE WAS KIDNAPPED THEN RELEASED IN ARMENIA (PHOTO)
- YEREVAN. - The situation established due to the recent parliamentary elections in Armenia, where opposition powers form minority, testified to the fact that opposition merely desired to enter new parliament, Artavazd Vardanyan, who is on hunger strike in front of Armenia's Central Electoral Commission since May 3, said at a press conference on Thursday.
Regarding the Wednesday incident, when he was kidnapped, he believes it was organized by the community head of Musaler village, where he lives. Vardanyan said that he wanted to set up a tent on that day, however, Deputy Police of Yerevan Robert Melkonyan took it away. Later on the same day it was returned to him. In the evening some people approached him when he was alone, and kidnapped saying they take him home. Vardanyan was indeed taken home and the community head came and tried to persuade him to end the hunger strike. However, he returned back to Yerevan. Vardanyan believes that authorities try to devoid him from opportunity of expressing his civil right. To note, the hunger strike is declared to be indefinite.
Photo by Sona Barseghyan
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- 1810 Birth of Gabriel Aivazovski in Feodosia (Ukraine). He died in 1880 in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1838 Birth of Viscount James Bryce (statesman). He served under Prime Minister William Gladstone. He was a founder of the League of Nations. He wrote on jurisprudence and political science. He vociferously condemned the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government. He died in 1922.
- 1848 The Lazaryan College (Moscow) becomes the Institute of Western Languages.
- 1855 The Sultan orders, for the first time, the draft for the Christians in Turkey. The order was ineffective.
- 1920 Armenia's Revolutionary Military Committee in Alexandropol and proclaims the establishment of Soviet power in Armenia.
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- 1941 The Ten-day Festival of Armenian Literature starts in Moscow (Russia).
- 1943 Garegeen the First (Hovsepyants) is anointed Catholicos of Cilicia in Antilias' Cathedral.